Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speech (1): 10:00 – 10:50, June 9th, 2009

Capt. Craig N. Mclean
  • Deputy Assistant Administrator for Programs and Administration Oceans and Atmospheric Research, NOAA


General Chairman: Dr. Ming-Dean Cheng 鄭明典 主任
  • Director of the Meteorological Research and Development Center at the Central Weather Bureau of the MTC
Capt. McLean執行多項NOAA計畫,亦為NOAA在海洋資源方面之法定代理人,熟悉美國海洋相關之法令及政策。

Capt. Craig N. Mclean is the deputy for NOAA’s Oceanic and Atmospheric Research programs and administration. He is responsible for daily operations and administration of NOAA’s research enterprise, and the execution of NOAA programs including the Climate program, National Sea Grant, and Ocean Exploration.

He has previously served in NOAA as Executive Officer of the National Ocean Service, and was the founding Director of NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration. McLean served in uniform for nearly 25 years, retiring from NOAA’s Commissioned Corps in the grade of Captain after service at sea, underwater, and in operational, legal, and marine resource management positions. McLean served aboard hydrographic, oceanographic, and fisheries research ships and was the first commanding officer of NOAA’s largest fisheries research vessel, the 224-foot Gordon Gunter.

A lifelong diver, he began exploring deep shipwrecks through decompression diving while in junior high school. These experiences have taken him to the Amazon River searching for freshwater dolphins and to the RMS Titanic searching for solutions in shipwreck management.

Craig McLean is also an attorney and has practiced marine resource law for NOAA. He has been awarded the Departmental Silver and Bronze Medals, the NOAA Corps Commendation Medal, Special Achievement Medal, and recognized as the NOAA 2005 Senior Leader of the Year. He is a Fellow in the Explorers Club, Chairman of the Marine Law and Policy Committee of the Marine Technology Society, and is past Chairman of the Board of the Sea-Space Symposium.

The Role of the Global Observing System in Weather and Climate Prediction.

Craig McLean, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Programs and Administration, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and, Alexander E. MacDonald, Deputy Assistant Administrator of Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.


At no time in human history has the imperative to understand and predict global weather and climate been greater than it is today.  Our global civilization relies heavily on weather predictions for transportation, agriculture and industry.  The future of human civilization in the 21st century will depend increasingly on scientifically sound responses to the threat of human-caused global change.  Better climate predictions are ultimately built on the foundation of the global observing system, in air, sea, and space.  NOAA is working with Taiwan and other international partners to build and sustain such a system, while developing the next generation weather and climate models.  In this talk, we will discuss how global observing platforms being developed by the US will contribute to the earth observing system and thereby enable our community of nations to respond to global societal challenges.  This presentation will address remote, atmospheric, and oceanic observations from the top of the atmosphere to the bottom of the ocean in the context of the anticipated societal benefit from these efforts.

Keynote Speech (2): 11:00 – 11:50, June 9th, 2009

Prof.Chris Rizos
  • Vice President
    International Association of Geodesy (IAG)


  • Head of School of Surveying & Spatial Information Systems
    The University of New South Wales
General Chairman: Dr. David Ding 丁亞中 主任
  • Director of Digital Earth Research Center, Chinese Culture University
IAG為GEO正式會員組織,主導數個GEOSS進行中子計畫,十分有影響力。Dr. Rizos本人亦為國際組織IGS (International GNSS Service) Governing Board成員。

Chris Rizos is a graduate of the School of Surveying, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia; obtaining a Bachelor of Surveying in 1975, and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1980 in Satellite Geodesy. Chris joined the academic staff of the School of Surveying in 1987, and was promoted to Professor in 2001. Chris is currently the Head of the School of Surveying & Spatial Information Systems, UNSW. Chris has been researching the technology and high precision applications of GPS since 1985, and has published over 400 journal and conference papers. Chris established the Satellite Navigation and Positioning Lab at UNSW in the early 1990s - Australia's premier academic R&D group for GNSS and wireless positioning technology and applications. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Navigation, a Fellow of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), and is currently Vice President of the IAG. He is a member of the International GNSS Service (IGS) Governing Board. He is also Science Manager of Program 1 "Integrated Positioning & Mapping Systems" of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information.

The Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS): The IAG’s Contribution to a Greater Understanding of “System Earth”


Geodesy is the science of measuring and mapping the geometry, rotation and gravity field of the Earth including their variations with time. These three characteristics of the Earth system are inherently related to its dynamics and mass and energy transport. In fact many of the burning questions related to the water cycle, the climate, global change, and geohazards cannot be solved without sufficient knowledge of energy and mass transports throughout ‘System Earth’ and the associated dynamics. Many of the associated processes affect the three fundamental geodetic quantities, namely the Earth’s figure (geometry), its gravity field and its rotation. Consequently, geodetic observations record the fingerprints of global change processes and constitute a valuable contribution to the database for global change studies. However, the signals induced by global change in geodetic observations are generally small (on the order of parts-per-billion of the quantities) and often embedded in larger variations not caused by global change. Identifying and extracting the global change signals not only requires observations of the geodetic quantities with an accuracy considerably better than these signals, but also the modelling of all known processes in an Earth system model taking into account the interactions between the various Earth system components. This requires geodesy to take a 'whole Earth system' approach through interaction with all Earth sciences and accommodation of the terrestrial processes and their interactions in data processing and modelling.

Modern Geodesy involves a range of space and terrestrial technologies that contribute to our knowledge of the solid earth, atmosphere and oceans. These technologies include: Global Positioning System/Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GPS/GNSS), Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR), Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), Satellite Altimetry, Gravity Mapping Missions such as GRACE, CHAMP & GOCE, satelliteborne Differential Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (DInSAR), Absolute and Relative Gravimetry, Precise Surveying (Levelling & Traversing). A variety of ‘services’ have been established in recent years to ensure high accuracy and reliable ‘geodetic products’ to support geoscientific research.

The Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS) is an important component of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG). GGOS aims to integrate all geodetic observations in order to generate a consistent high quality set of geodetic parameters for monitoring the phenomena and processes within the ‘System Earth’. Integration implies the inclusion of all relevant information for parameter estimation, implying the combination of geometric and gravimetric data, and the common estimation of all the necessary parameters representing the solid Earth, the hydrosphere (including oceans, ice-caps, continental water), and the atmosphere.


Keynote Speech (3): 13:10 – 14:00, June 9th, 2009

Prof. Choen Kim
  • President, Korean Society of Remote Sensing (KSRS)


  • Head, Dept. of Applied Information Technology, Graduated School, Kookmin University
General Chairman: Prof. Monica Kuo 郭瓊瑩院長
  • Dean of College of Environmental Design, Chinese Culture University

Prof. Choen Kim obtained the Diplom-Forstwirt degree from Universiy of Freiburg (Germany) in 1984 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1988 in Photogrammetry & RS. Prof. Kim is currently the honorary president of Korean Society of Remote Sensing (KSRS) since Apr.2009 and the Head of Department of Applied Information Technology. Prof. Kim has honored with Boon Indrambarya Medal (Thailand) in 2004 and Premier of Korea Honoring in 2006.

Supporting TIEOS for the Global Change Research by KSRS and KARI


This presentation focuses on possible research examples through the proposed spatial web portal (or the completed High Resolution 3D GIS Taiwan platform) of Taiwan Integrated Earth observation System(TIEOS), such as the Global Earth Observing System of Systems(GEOSS) in addressing the apparent sign of the global climate change.
If TIEOS is used as key drivers in environmental monitoring from space of East Asia, the Korean Society of Remote Sensing (KSRS) will suggest the multi-nation collaborative research program funded by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) on reducing the effects of natural disasters and promoting sustainable development by using KOMPSAT images.
This first forum deals with the TIEOS common infrastructure including interoperability research and implementation for the spatial web portal and also discusses how new users (i.e., news media, NGOs and private industry) compared with traditional users can be encouraged by accessing the portal

Finally, I bring forward some development issues for TIEOS.


Keynote Speech (4): 14:00 – 14:50, June 9th, 2009

Prof. LIN, Feng-Tyan
  • Professor
    Graduate Institute of Building and planning, National Taiwan University


General Chairman: Dr. Ming-Chih Cheng 陳明智 主任
  • Director of Business Development Division, NARL

Dr. Feng-Tyan Lin, born in Tainan, Taiwan, 1956, is a professor of the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, and the Chairperson of the Campus Planning Committee, National Taiwan University. He is also with (1) the Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, (2) the Institute of Information Science, Academic Sinica, Taiwan, (3) a concurrent director of Information Division, National Science and Technology Center for Disasters Reduction. Besides, he offers part-time teaching courses in the Institute of Traffic and Transportation, National Chiao Tung University.

He obtained his bachelor degree in engineering (urban planning) at National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, in 1977. After two years’ military service, he passed a national examination for senior civil service, and had served in the Bureau of Housing and Urban Development, Taiwan Provincial Government, as a planner for 5 years. In 1983, he received a government scholarship by passing a competitively national examination to go abroad for his advanced education. He obtained his master and Ph.D. degrees in computer science at Northwestern University, USA, in 1986 and 1989, respectively. Then he has been a faculty member at National Taiwan University until now.

Prof. Lin’s research has focused on information cities and computer theories which can be applied to urban planning and architectural design. He has published more than one hundred journal and conference papers, and consulted by the national government and various local governments of Taipei city, Kaoshiung city, Taipei county, Taichung city, etc. for establishing their geographical information systems. He was the director of the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University (1999-2005), the president of Chinese Geographical Information Society (2001-2004), a superintendent of the Taiwan Institute of Urban Planning, a committee member of Regional Planning, Ministry of Interior, Taiwan.

Earth Observation Projects in Taiwa


Taiwan has already had many similar works to those of the earth observation. In this talk, we will introduce six national projects, namely, Land Use Investigation and Change Monitoring, Eco-Grid, Environmental Quality Monitoring, Hydrological Monitoring, Flood Monitoring, and Disaster Management Coordination Project. The first four projects collect observed data of land use, ecology, air, water quality and quantity. The fifth project is to monitor flood hazard, while the sixth project is set to coordinate disaster management projects launched by various government offices. These projects can be further integrated via the e-government service platform by following national and inter-national standards. Thus, the fruitful observed databases can be shared with international societies.